• January 12, 2022

Michael Grosvenor Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Wiseman Blvd in San Antonio, TX

UPDATE (January 28, 2022): The victim of this accident has been identified as 18-year-old Michael Grosvenor.

San Antonio, TX -- January 12, 2022, a driver was killed in a single-vehicle collision with a tree and a pole on Wiseman Boulevard in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Wiseman near Westover Hills on the Far West Side. Preliminary information suggests a Chevrolet Corvette was traveling southeast at alleged high speeds on the roadway when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The car left the roadway and struck a tree and a utility pole.

The car's driver was ejected during the crash and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Grosvenor Accident on Wiseman Blvd in San Antonio

Police say speeding is thought to be a key factor in this crash but commenters on news sites were quick to suggest alcohol's possible involvement due to the time of night it occurred. Given the alleged circumstances of the crash that suspicion is not unreasonable, but impairment was not mentioned in reports and I don't condone jumping to conclusions--particularly when drivers are underage.

Until investigators gather more facts about what happened it's unfair and irresponsible to make any assumptions. For all anyone knows something unusual caused the crash. For instance, what if some kind of mechanical issue in the vehicle sent it off the road?

Michael Grosvenor Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Wiseman Blvd in San Antonio, TX

That may seem a little arbitrary, but vehicular failures are behind far more accidents than people may realize. For example, consider the infamous GM "ignition switch" defect a few years ago. That issue, triggered in most cases by nothing more than a simple heavy or jostled keyring, reportedly caused accidents that killed over a hundred people and injured many others, yet nobody really understood what happened for several more years. It took countless independent investigations to connect the dots and bring the issue to light, and the process of getting the manufacturer to take responsibility lasted for years. In the meantime, how many people read about all of those devastating crashes and assumed those drivers were to blame?

I'm not saying the wreck in San Antonio was necessarily due to a car defect (though GM owns Chevrolet). My point is more that jumping to conclusions is a bad idea when reading reports like this because they don't contain nearly enough information to make sound judgments. Those affected by this wreck deserve answers derived through careful and thorough investigation, as well as any help to which they're entitled. Making sure they get what they need should be everyone's focus as the investigation continues.

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